[Amateur film: Chicago World's Fair]
Century of Progress exhibition; New York City scenes.
Run time 12:48Producer UnknownSponsor N/AAudio/Visual Si, B&W
Chicago World's Fair (Century of Progress Exhibition) 1933 / 1934. New York skyline and cruise ship berths. Salt Lake City.
Aerial view of Fair
Aerial view of building - neoclassical monster
Another nice aerial view
Woman walks down street/alley with little cottages
February 22, 2012
There are also Washington DC scenes in this film.
October 1, 2006
Very USEFULL footage for my work
This film provided me with interesting historical information about the Fair and certain invaluable details that I was searching for!
October 30, 2005
A little while ago I saw a amateur film that was taken at the New YorkÂs exposition and I commented about how boring it was, too much attention given to minute details (eg the statues and artwork). In this film, this is much more interesting, why? It gives us a glimpse of the buildings (but only a glimpse!) to make us say, whoa! What was that?? Although this may infuriate some, this was a fun romp for me, like a mini-mini tour of the Chicago WorldÂs Fair. Like what was that building? And that building? No Time1 No Time! Gotta keep moving! This film is not JUST about the fair! NO1 They go to Washington! Then they go to some farm or SOMETHING, because theyÂve got every type of domestic animal imaginable! Cows! Deer! Dogs! Cockateil! Keep moving! Keep moving! This was a fun film! Highly recommended!
August 19, 2005
From Chicago to Portland, Maine
Wilford B. Wolf writes: "Towards the end of the reel, we see the wife walking through a strangely deserted Tutor style town that is proclaimed to be the birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne." I don't know if it's actually part of the Tudor village or if the two shots were taken at separate times, but the house in particular is The Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland, Maine, birthplace of (surprise!) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Learn more at http://www.mainehistory.org/house_restoration.shtml
Wilford B. Wolf
August 17, 2005
Amateur films typically have an unusual quality about them. They never seem to linger on a single subject long enough to anything more than to register what it is you are looking at.
This film is made up of four reels, each with a particular subject that illustrate this principle. The first reel covers the Chicago World's Fair. All of the shots are exteriors. Here's a Chinese gate. Here's the Hall Of Science. Here's "The Maestro," Ben Bernie on stage. Here's Byrd's ship to the South Pole. We also occasionally see the makers of this film. They obviously fairly well-off and able to afford these trips during the heighth of the Depression.
The second reel starts out with some brief shots of the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and Mt. Vernon before moving to New York harbor. The majority of the reel features our filmmakers clowning with relatives or friends.
The third reel moves onto either upstate New York or perhaps New England. Most of the time is spent on a farm. We see all sorts of farm animals and a strange, all too brief shot of several dogs standing on their hind legs. Towards the end of the reel, we see the wife walking through a strangely deserted Tutor style town that is proclaimed to be the birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The final reel features a long tracking shot from the back of a train across The Great Salt Lake. The reel ends with the wife standing next to a sign that says "San Francisco Limited" before it fades to black. A fitting end to these disconnected images of trips of unknown people.